STUC on labour market statistics

January 21st 2015

Commenting on the latest official labour market data for Scotland published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said:

“Today’s figures again show that the dominant political narrative of a labour market recovering rapidly from years of recession and stagnation is somewhat misleading. In the three months to November 2014, unemployment increased and employment grew only minimally.

“Better news is to be found in the rising women’s employment and falling unemployment and the start of the long awaited recovery in full-time jobs. A further rise in real wages at UK level is welcome although it must be stressed that this is again attributable as much to falling inflation as it is to rising nominal wages.

“The position of young people in the labour market continues to be a concern with employment for 16-24 year olds actually falling in the year to September 2014. With youth unemployment falling and inactivity rising the key question must be whether more young people are moving into or staying in education or simply being lost to the labour market”.

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